The Limitations of Masculinity Theory

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Essay #: 055503
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The Limitations of Masculinity Theory
A critical evaluation of Superman/Superboys/Supermen:
The Comic Book Hero as Socializing Agent
Superman/Superboys/Supermen: The Comic Book Hero as Socializing Agent by Norma Pecora expresses the iconographic view of the hero as being a custodian of what is morally correct. Violence may be a part of this model, and is approved if and only if the hero is able to correct some injustice from the perspective of a male, white patriarchal perspective. In this model, women are simply less than men in all facets of life. They perform servile duties, including sexual gratification, whether implied, or overt. The subservient position is presented through indexed icons, which present these values to a largely...
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.....al deep reading of Superman/Superboys/ Supermen: The Comic Book Hero as Socializing Agent by Norma Pecora, the limitations of Masculinity theory are clearly demonstrated, and point to the assimilation of effective forms of gender equity for the young male as he attempts to negotiate his gender in a psychologically enabling fashion for himself, and for all of society.
References
Brummett, B. (2006). Rhetoric in Popular Culture. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.
Gardiner, J. K. (2002). Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory. Columbia: Columbia University Press.
Pecora, Norma. (1992). “Superman/Superboys/Supermen: the comic book hero as socializing agent” in Men, masculinity, and the media edited by Steve Craig. Newbury Park: Sage Press.